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Kansas Captures First Indoor Track & Field Title
February 25, 2013
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The Kansas women's track team made history over the weekend at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Jayhawks won the team title with 105.5 points, the first conference title in women's program history and the first for KU since men won the Big Eight Conference indoor title in 1983.

"Everyone did a great job today," KU coach Stanley Redwine said. "We kew it would take a total team effort and that's what happened for us. This is just a result of a lot of effort paying off. The coaches have done a great job helping the kids. The athletes have stepped up. We've been working hard and now all that work has finally paid off."

Senior Andrea Geubelle won the triple jump for the second consecutive indoor title and senior Francine Simpson placed third in the event. On Saturday, Simpson successfully defended her indoor long jump title.

Junior Diamond Dixon defended her Big 12 title in the 400 meters. In the final Dixon used her signature strong final kick to outpace the field down the final 50 meters to earn the victory with a season-best time of 52.52.

Senior Paris Daniels made school history as she became the first Jayhawk to win the 200 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. She ran a personal best 23.15 in qualifying and ran 23.29 in the final.

Sophomore Lindsay Vollmer won the pentathlon, breaking her own school record by finishing with 4,123 points. Alena Krechyk won the weight throw, her second title in that event in the last three years. She became the first Jayhawk to win two conference championships in the throws at both the indoor and outdoor league events.

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